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Recap: Leadership Institute Day 2, Infrastructure and Transportation

Day Two of the ULI Leadership Institute took place in Shady Grove, Maryland.  The day’s theme was Transportation and Infrastructure, and the setting was Montgomery County’s new Equipment Maintenance and Transit Center. The group began with a roleplaying game called “You’ll Pay for This”.  Breakout groups considered a scenario involving a large business relocating to the group’s city.  In order to lure the company, the city government agreed to fund some infrastructure improvements and needs to adjust an already-tight municipal budget and raise some additional revenue.  Each group presented their … Read More

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Recap: Housing Initiative Council Fall 2017 Kick-off

              ULI Washington Housing Initiative Council Meeting Summary (September 20, 2017) Welcome ULI Washington’s Housing Initiative Council kicked off its new season on Wednesday, September 20th with a welcome from incoming ULI Washington District Council Chair Yolanda Cole. Yolanda shared three impact themes from ULI Washington’s strategic plan: Housing affordability; Economic competitiveness; and Disruptive technologies. Ms. Cole is seeking way to connect other product councils and encouraged the group to focus on impacting the theme of housing affordability in our region.  She challenged us … Read More

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Advisory: Panel to Deliver Recommendations on Revitalizing and Activating Chinatown Park

On October 17th and 18th, the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) are sponsoring an independent Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in conjunction with ULI Washington. The purpose is to develop recommendations for revitalizing and activating Chinatown Park After a tour of the study area and various interviews, the panel will provide an open press initial presentation of their findings, the details of which can be found below: WHO: ULI Washington, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Mayor’s Office for … Read More

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Neighborhood Design Center Seeks Nominations to its Board of Directors

The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) is seeking nominations to its Board of Directors.  Founded in 1968, the Neighborhood Design Center is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the development of healthy, equitable neighborhoods through community-engaged design and planning services. By providing the tools, expertise, and partnerships necessary to realize neighborhood visions, they support broad participation in the evolution of the built environment.    NDC provides access to pro bono design services in underserved communities in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, MD. In collaboration with neighborhood groups, local government agencies and fellow … Read More

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DCBIA 25th Annual Community Improvement Day Event Recap

On Saturday, September 23rd, approximately 10 ULI Washington Young Leaders volunteered at DCBIA’s 25th Community Improvement Day at DHCA’s Benning Terrace Community Center in Southeast DC.  DCBIA’s vision is to help make Washington, DC a vibrant city that is meeting significant challenges to be a livable, competitive and thriving community for all.  ULI Washington helped improve the site for Benning Terrace residents by shoveling mulch, planting new shrubs, and weaving ribbon designs into the fence (using the Benning Terrace Football team colors).  This year’s DCBIA Community Improvement Day had over … Read More

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Release: ULI Washington Congratulates Graduating Class of Regional Fellows

ULI Washington program facilitated cross-fertilization of knowledge across jurisdictional boundaries On September 14, regional fellows from Fairfax County, Montgomery County, and the City of Alexandria celebrated their graduation from the Regional Fellows Program, an innovative project aimed to spur and enhance regional collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries. With a population of 6 million people, the Metropolitan Washington Region is uniquely suited to benefit from such a program. The region is composed of 22 individual jurisdictions in two states and the District of Columbia. Although each jurisdiction has its own political leadership, … Read More

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DC Climathon- Join A Team!

Looking for ways to meet other local innovators and create local solutions to address climate change in our city? Join the ULI Washington, DC Climathon team! Hosted by the George Washington University, in partnership with Resilient DC and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, the third annual DC Climathon will focus on strategies that enhance DC’s resilience to more common and increasingly severe impacts like urban heat island, extreme weather events, and flooding. If you’re interested in joining a team with other ULI members, please contact leah.sheppard@uli.org and rebecca.hertz@uli.org. For … Read More

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ULI Washington celebrates the graduation of the inaugural cohort of Regional Fellows

On September 14, ULI Washington celebrated the culmination of an innovative program aimed to spur and enhance regional collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries. The Regional Fellows Program launched its inaugural year last February, and since then, four top decision-makers in three area jurisdictions – Fairfax County, Montgomery County, and the City of Alexandria – have each worked with ULI Washington to scope and study an intractable challenge facing their jurisdiction through a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP). TAPs are signature ULI programs where, over the course of a two-day interactive experience, a … Read More

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Urban Land Institute helps Vienna take fresh look at potential of W&OD

The Town of Vienna may have unrealized, unique land-use and economic development opportunities related to the W&OD trail, the 45-mile linear, regional park that cuts through the heart of Vienna’s commercial area and connects to its Town Green. That was the conclusion of an eight-member panel of Washington-area real estate and land use professionals with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) who spent two days in September biking the W&OD trail in the rain, meeting with stakeholders, considering challenges and opportunities, and formulating recommendations to enhance the symbiotic relationship between the … Read More

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Case Study: Camden at Shady Grove Event Recap

On September 27, ULI Washington held a case study for members to learn about a residential development in the Life Sciences Center area of Montgomery County.  Camden Shady Grove is a model of the next generation of suburban-to-urban development: converting traditional suburban office parks into more urban and lively 24/7 mixed-use communities. By being located at the DANAC Stiles Corporate Campus, Camden Shady Grove is designed to evolve and accommodate the rapidly changing Montgomery County suburbs by providing horizontal integration of uses. The community is comprised of 457 apartment units, … Read More

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